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Longines (7f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) converted a pocket trip to her 20th career harness racing victory in 25 starts in the Detektor Handicap (purse 665,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) at Kincsem Park, timed in 1.16kr. She was piloted by Andrea Fazekas to her second straight 2021 score. She is trained for owner Pimri by Imre Fazekas. Kornelius Heitmann of Munster bred this fine mare that was off at 5.4/1, as she defeated 1.8/1 Zolta (6m Naglo-Gazza Jet-Supergill) with Veljko Mazsity up. Third was 19.5/1 Zona (6f Offenbach Bigi-Kama-Valley Guardian) for trainer/driver Emil Csordas. Longines (2) Andrea Fazekas also won with 3.1/1 Acelos Fiu (5m SJs Photo-Elegant Lady-Mill H) in the Amatorverseny DIJ (purse 500,000€, 1900 meters autostart) clocked in 1.17.7kr. This was his first 2021 victory in four 2021 appearances for trainer Balazs Juhasz. Anybody (5f Offenbach Bigi) was second at 4.7/1 with Edina Berta up for trainer Emil Csordas. Third was 3.1/1 Apollo Creed (5g Vioxx SR) handled by Krisztian Takacs. Acelos Fiu (8-inside)   Kincsem Park files/photos   by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink    

Saturday’s Kincsem Park in Budapest, Hungary, featured Laszlo Tolnay Memorial (purse 600,000Huf, 1960 meters distance handicap) saw 3.3/1 Vital RG (6m SJs Photo-Vitesse OR-Indro Park) score for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal timed in 1.19.2kr. \ This 20-meter handicapped winner defeated Ula Kiraly (7m Vioxx SR-Helicon-Awesome Goal) that was off at 3.9/1 and reined by Csaba Lakatos, also a 20-meter handicapped performer. 8.1/1 Rocky HR (8m Roc de Montfort-Times-SJs Photo) overcame a 20-meter penalty to gain third for trainer/driver Balazs Juhasz. 2.6/1 Disney HR (7f Light Up de Vonnais-Times-SJs Photo) was third for Imre Fazekas. Vital RG On February 24-25 Hungary was represented in the Amateur World Cup held at Pompano Park (Florida, USA). Andrea Fazekas represented Hungary and used a victory (pacer Jaded Dream) and a second in the final two races to earn third place in the point totals. Piet Von Pollaert of Belgium and Italy’s Andrea Sallustio took the first two spots in the points battle. USTA’s Mike Tanner was on hand to present the winning amateur drivers’ trophies. Jaded Dream, Andrea Fazekas   FEGAT, World Cup files/photos by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink  

The first post Derby trotting program was Saturday at Kincsem Park and the young trotting mare Longines (4f Conway Hall-Kentucky Love Song-Valley Victor) remained unbeaten with her ninth consecutive victory, this time in the Bizakmas DIJ (400,000Huf purse, 1900 meters autostart).  The 1.2/1 favorite led all the way for driver Andrea Fazekas, trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Pimri. She was timed in a rated 1.16.kr for her 18 victory as she defeated Une Dame and Asterix Evo. Longines was bred in Germany by Kornelius Heitman of Munster. Team Fazekas/Horvath scored again in the Nemecsek DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1800 meters autostart) as 3.3/1 Vola Gatto (4f Beissinger Hanover-Il Gato-Valley Guardian) scored in 1.19.9kr with Gyorgy Horvath the pilot for trainer Imre Fazekas and owner Bagameri. Violetta (4f Racino) and Zsozsoker trailed the winner that raced on the outer throughout before powering to the lead mid-stretch and holding off the late rush of Violetta. The co-featured Ceres DIJ (purse 600,000Huf, 1900 meters autostart) went to 1.16.8kr timed and 1.6/1 favorite Unreal Boss (5f Maximus Lindy-Light Lady-Baltic Bet) with trainer Veljko Mazsity up for breeder/owner Hico Versenyistallo. Urania RC (5f Racino-Sweet Pine-Pine Chip) was second for Sandor Varga and Henrik Ibsen AT was third. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink

Hungary’s harness racing driver Andrea Fazekas started off the two-night International Amateur Drivers Championship with a 1:56.4f victory driving the Jacques Dupont trained Princess Crown (5f Elegant Man-Chemumg Blue Chip-Taurus Dream), bred by Jeff Gural’s Little E LLC. Ms. Fazekas engineered a pocket trip and at top stretch rallied past pacesetter Baby Boy Grin driven by USA’s Dein Spriggs, President of the  Florida Amateur Drivers Club. The winner was off at 8.2/1 odds. Favorite Mr. Wizard ended third for Spain’s Kaime Bassa. An enthusiastic crowd was on hand along with press coverage from the USTA’s Mike Tanner, Allison Conte, T.J. Burkett and Mark Hall. Post event they interviewed Ms. Fazekas and husband Gyuri Horvath. Other International Drivers Championship winners were Danny Blakemore (New Zealand), Michael Gutsche (Germany) and Ivan Serik (Russia). Congrats to Isle Casino Pompano Park, FADC and Dein Spriggs, FEGAT, guest announcer Roger Huston and event sponsors for organizing a top flight event showcasing standardbred racing. Thomas H. Hicks  

Saturday at Kincsem Park (Budapest) the featured Tavaszi Handicap (purse 1.1Huf million, 1960 meters turning start) went to 3.9/1 Amy’s Love (6m Bebop-Rebecca T-Crown Sweep) for harness racing trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos clocked in 1.20.3 in a three-way battle to the line over 4.9/1 Menedzser (10m Baltic Bet-Hostess-Endless Sands) for trainer/driver Lajos Marton that just missed  and third and fast finishing 4.7/1 Chevallier SR (7g Power To Charm-Nui Toss-Toss Out) for driver Gjorgy Horvath and trainer Imre Fazekas. The latter was interfered with when the first over leader made a miscue late in the final bend causing Chevalier SR to pause. The undercard showcased the 600,000Huf purse Ezerjo DIJ (1800 meters autostart) and 4.1/1 Spartakis Ans (5g Cantab Hall-Valganna OK-Lemon Dra) took victory clocked in 1.16.9kr for Sandor Varga, and trainer Goran Zolnaji. 5.1/1 Orangyl (8f Wall Street Banker-Derengo-Endless Sands) was second for Sandor Kolozsi and trainer Balazs Juhasz, with third to 4.1/1 Conway Boko (7m Castelton Bass-Waecon Boko-Conway Hall) for trainer/driver Tibor Hajnal. Narrowly defeated Credits By Myself (10m Credit Winner) that missed by a nose was disqualified for being offstride on the line. Hungary’s Andrea Fazekas, a career winner of 136 races, is on the way to Miami to compete in next weekend’s International Amateur Driving Series at Pompano Park against many of the world’s best amateur drivers. Teamsters from New Zealand, Spain, Russia, Austria, Norway, Italy, Finland, Germany and the USA will be on-hand. Thomas H. Hicks  

March 16, 2015 - Kincsem Park (Budapest) has opened its 2015 trotting program with higher purses, fueled by improved pari-mutual wagering outlets, simulcasting signals, video broadcasting and a wagering menu that includes a version of the enticing Quinte+. Budapest is the capital and the largest city of Hungary, and one of the largest cities in Central Europe. Last Saturday, the featured Ezerjo DIJ (600,000HUF purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to 5/1 odds Philadelphia (6g Detroit - Gertrud) with Viktoria Nemeth aboard for well-regarded owner AMMA. Clocked in 1.18.4kr the winner bested ten rivals. Jogging (12g Valley Guardian-Sportlady) was second for Sandor Varga ahead of Amazing Lobell (8f Incredible Crafts-US Companion). The previous Saturday the top race was the Tavaszi Handicap (1,100,000HUF purse, 1960 meters distance handicap) and Overnight (7g Jonas Laukko - Hurricaine) took that verdict in 1.198kr for amateur teamster Sandor Turbucz. Let It Be TN (5f World By The Tail-Crewel Hanover) was second for Laszlo Kolozsi ahead of Vernon Boko (12g Castleton Bass-JJ’s Miracle) and trainer/driver Csaba Lakatos. Stone Capes Judy (8f SJ’s Caviar-Kallasy) was fourth for Pal Vicen, saddled with a 40 meter handicap. On the same card the Henriett Varga Memorial (600,000HUF purse, 1900 meters autostart) went to classmaster Ollyan Nincs (7g Pickaflick - C’est la Guerre) with amateur driver Andrea Fazekas up for trainer Imre Fazekas. The winner was clocked in 1.15.9kr to defeat Orangyal (7f Wall Street Banker-Derengo) and trainer/driver Czaba Lakatos with third to Rose’s La Nena (8f Pearsall Hanover-O’Hill’s Rose) with Sandor Varga at the lines. Thomas H. Hicks

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